Self-Organization and Emergence in Language, a case study for color

Joachim De Beule, Joris Bleys

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A computational language game model is presented that shows how a population of language
users can evolve from a brightness-based to a brightness plus hue-based color term system. The
shift is triggered by a change in the communication challenges posed by the environment, comparable to what happened in English during the Middle English period in response to the rise
of dyeing and textile manufacturing c. 1150-1500. In a previous model that is able to explain
such a shift, these two color categorization strategies were explicitly represented. This is not
needed in our model. Instead, whether a population evolves a brightness- or a hue-based system
is an emergent phenomenon that depends only on environmental factors. In this way, the model
provides an explanation of how such a shift may come about without introducing additional
mechanisms that would require further explanation.
Originele taal-2English
TitelThe Evolution of Language
RedacteurenA. D. M. Smith, M. Schouwstra, B. De Boer, K. Smith
UitgeverijWorld Scientific Publishing
StatusPublished - 1 aug 2010
EvenementUnknown -
Duur: 1 aug 2010 → …

Publicatie series

NaamThe Evolution of Language


Periode1/08/10 → …

Bibliografische nota

A. D. M. Smith, M. Schouwstra, B. de Boer, K. Smith


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